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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Gamewatch: Murray v Pavel
US Open first-round result:

A Murray (GB) v A Pavel (Rom)

6-3 3-6 3-6 6-1 6-4


Game-by-game updates:

Fifth set:

Murray 6-4 Pavel
The drama continues as Murray moves 30-15 up but cannot find a first serve. Pavel earns a break point but makes a wild error and Murray gets his first match point with a big forehand. It is taken away with an astounding backhand return but a second chance is converted when Pavel nets a backhand.

Murray 5-4 Pavel
Pavel holds easily and the pressure is on Murray to serve out.

Murray 5-3 Pavel
Pavel concedes a point penalty as he continues to harrass the officials and the New York crowd loves it, roundly booing the Romanian. Murray then double faults and a nervous games ensues, but a forehand winner takes him to 40-30 and a lob on the run secures the game.

Murray 4-3 Pavel
Pavel is absolutely furious when the umpire over-rules and calls a Murray lob in. The ball landed in the opposite corner to the umpire and the Romanian launches a tirade of abuse, leading to a code violation. Murray takes advantage to break.

Murray 3-3 Pavel
It may be a last throw of the dice but Murray hangs on to his serve in a desperately tight game and then urges the crowd to get behind him - which they happily do.

Murray 2-3 Pavel
Pavel moves ahead with a solid game and Murray could be heading for another heartbreaking Grand Slam defeat unless he can step up a gear.

Murray 2-2 Pavel
After a lengthy break Murray immediately drops serve, although it is more due to some good play from Pavel than any visible weakenss from the Scot.

INJURY TIME-OUTWith the changeover coming to an end Murray takes a final swig of water - and then throws up on court. The humidity has already taken its toll on two players this week and maybe it's affecting Murray. There is a break while the court is cleaned.

Murray 2-1 Pavel
Pavel desperately needs to hold and he does so, with Murray playing his first wayward shots of the set.

Murray 2-0 Pavel
With the pressure building, a packed crowd on the Grandstand Court is fully inolved and largely on Murray's side. The Scot drops the first point but then hammers down successive winners and holds to 15.

Murray 1-0 Pavel
A spectacular lob on the opening point sends Murray - and the crowd - wild and he moves to 0-40. Pavel gets two break points back but plays a poor point on the third that ends with a volley in the net.


Fourth set:

Murray 6-1 Pavel
Pavel shows no interest in trying to get two breaks back and Murray levels the match with a love game.

Murray 5-1 Pavel
Murray's ability on the return is clear with a number of winners but Pavel saves two break points with aces. However, when Murray returns the third a seemingly tiring Pavel blows a backhand pass.

Murray 4-1 Pavel
Unlike in the previous set, Murray manages to stay ahead by the break with a confident game to 15.

Murray 3-1 Pavel
Murray has the chance to all but wrap up the set with a break point but Pavel finds a big serve and stays in touch.

Murray 3-0 Pavel
Murray does not look like he will be making this easy but he takes advantage of the break by edging a tight service game.

Murray 2-0 Pavel
The best moment of the match sees Murray get to break point with a huge forehand and, fired up, he produces the shot of the match with a backhand cross-court pass from out wide to get the break.

Murray 1-0 Pavel
Pavel looks ready to take complete control at 0-30 on the Scot's serve but Murray produces an amazing scramble that sends the crowd wild. Inspired, he rattles off three straight points to seal the game.


Third set:

Murray 3-6 Pavel
It may not be the most convincing display but Pavel moves into a two sets to one lead with a marked improvement in his serving.

Murray 3-5 Pavel
Murray hurls his racket to the ground furiously after he giving up another break as Pavel increases the pressure, and the Romanian will serve for the set.

Murray 3-4 Pavel
Pavel suddenly looks tired when he double faults to give Murray what would be a crucial break point, but the Romanian then comes up with an ace, an unreturnable serve and another ace.

Murray 3-3 Pavel
A comfortable holds looks on the cards at 30-0 but Pavel finds a looping forehand pass before Murray nets a simple forehand of his own. The Romanian then just misses a pass and a careful Murray backhand takes the game.

Murray 2-3 Pavel
Pavel holds serve and now it is Murray who is struggling to keep his cool.

Murray 2-2 Pavel
The frustration crosses the net as Murray gives the break straight back, prompting the 18-year-old to take it out on his racket.

Murray 2-1 Pavel
The momentum shifts back to Murray after a Pavel double fault gives him break point, and the Romanian then wildly mishits a forehand. Pavel takes his frustration out on the racket by smashing it.

Murray 1-1 Pavel
Murray looks in trouble when a woeful forehand takes him to 30-30 but he responds with a big ace and a loud "C'mon!" It may be the boost he needs.

Murray 0-1 Pavel
Pavel is looking the stronger of the two now and he confidently wraps up his opening service game. Murray is in need of a second wind.


Second set:

Murray 3-6 Pavel

Murray 3-6 Pavel
Pavel levels the match as Murray plays a scrappy service game and allows the Romanian to take the initiative. A long forehand from the Scot hands Pavel the set.

Murray 3-5 Pavel
A frustrated Pavel looks ready to give up the break at 30-40 but he finds a big serve to hang on.

Murray 3-4 Pavel
Pavel continues to look morose and shake his head in an impressive Murray service game but the Romanian still holds the vital break.

Murray 2-4 Pavel
Murray looks to be edging closer to breaking back but at 30-30 Pavel finds a good serve and the Scot then sends a wild forehand out.

Murray 2-3 Pavel
Murray closes the deficit with a straightforward service game.

Murray 1-3 Pavel
A stinging return from Murray gives the Scot hope but he is always behind in the game and Pavel closes out with another firm volley.

Murray 1-2 Pavel
Murray gets off the mark in the second set with some measured play and looks to be increasing the power on some groundstrokes to keep Pavel behind the baseline.

Murray 0-2 Pavel
Pavel does not look totally comfortable and lets a 30-0 lead slip but does enough to consolidate the break.

Murray 0-1 Pavel
Murray fails to nail a simple volley at 30-30 and pays the price as Pavel goes on to break.


First set:

Murray 6-3 Pavel
A superb game sees a number of great shots, mainly from Murray, that get the crowd involved and look to be winding up Pavel. The Romanian looks furious as a Murray volley seals the first set to a huge cheer.

Murray 5-3 Pavel
Murray may have dropped serve once already but he still looks confident, sweeping through another comfortable game and closing on the opening set.

Murray 4-3 Pavel
Pavel steadies himself with a solid service game.

Murray 4-2 Pavel
Murray shows he can step up the power when necessary with a blistering cross-court forehand winner, and a couple of big serves help him to hold.

Murray 3-2 Pavel
A superb rally sees Murray move Pavel all over the court to earn another break point and he converts with a forehand winner down the line.

Murray 2-2 Pavel
Pavel breaks back with a clever game, after Murray goes to 40-15 with three aces. The Romanian pushes Murray back into the corners with some powerful groundstrokes and finishes off from the net.

Murray 2-1 Pavel
The now trademark Murray scrambling behind the baseline is creating angles for the Scot to fire passes and he earns another break point, but Pavel finds a winning volley.

Murray 2-0 Pavel
At 15-30 down Murray steps up a gear with a big serve followed by an outright ace. He is taken to three deuces but comes through to hold.

Murray 1-0 Pavel
Murray is carrying the hopes of the nation after Henman and Rusedski went out earlier but the Scot does not seem too worried. He races to 0-40 up and breaks with a winning backhand pass.



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